Malatya calls out to budding short filmmakers of Turkey

July 24, 2012, Tuesday/ 18:07:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Malatya’s annual film festival is calling out to all short filmmakers in Turkey. Aspiring short filmmakers are asked to submit their work to the festival’s third edition, scheduled for November in this eastern Anatolian province, famous mainly for its apricot production.

 A joint effort between the Governor’s Office and the Malatya Foundation of Apricot Research, Improvement and Promotion, the third Malatya International Film Festival will run from Nov. 9-15.

Deadline for short film submissions is Sept. 16, the festival’s organizers announced in a written statement on Tuesday. The Malatya festival will “continue to encourage short film making and discover young talents working in this particular field, as well as to reward quality productions and help them make their names heard nationally,” the festival committee said in the statement.

There are no age and experience-based specifications for filmmakers who want to submit their work to the competition. Both amateur and professional short films are eligible and there is no specific theme for submissions. Short films made after Jan. 1, 2012, are eligible. The festival’s short film selection will be made up of 15 titles. The winner of the Crystal Apricot for Best Short Film will win a cash prize of TL 5,000.

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